In a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies offered some insight on a possible Kinks reunion tour in recognition of the band’s 50th anniversary. A reunion would have seemed like a near impossibility just a few years ago; Davies suffered a stroke in 2004 that left him almost entirely incapacitated and unable to play guitar for several years. It wasn’t until this year that Davies began his first tour in almost a decade to promote his new album I Will Be Mine.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle standing in the way of the band’s reunion tour is Dave’s relationship with his brother, Kinks frontman Ray Davies. The two have been at odds just about as long as the Kinks have existed. The animosity started around 1965 when Dave was given less singing time after the release of their first two protopunk albums Kinks and Kinda Kinks and the sibling rivalry carried into songwriting credit issues over some of the band’s classic songs like “Lola.” Although the two brothers’ relationship has been steadily tumultuous for the last half a century, Davies insists that a reunion tour is certainly not out of the question now that his health has improved.
“I’d say the odds of that happening are 50/50,” Davies told Rolling Stone. The guitarist added that he is definitely up for it, but the “ball is very much in Ray’s court.” There would still be the issues of finding a replacement for bassist Peter Quaife, who died in 2010, and potentially seeking a replacement drummer for Mick Avory, who hasn’t been in contact with the band since he left in 1984. If these matters can be solved and the collective differences between the Davies brothers can be set aside temporarily, a 50th reunion tour is a possibility.
“That said, I really do want to do something with Ray before we both decay and decompose,” Davies added. “I said to Ray last week, ‘We don’t have much time left.’ But he didn’t … Ray, what an asshole he is.” Maybe 50/50 is a little too ambitious.